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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CD Review: Man Overboard Quintet - Down in the Deep Deep Blue

Thomas Gould (vln/backing vcls); Ewan Bleach (clt/vcl); Louisa Jones (vcls); Jean-Marie Fagan (gtr/vcls); Dave O'Brien (bs/backing vcls).
(Review by Lance).
One of the more enigmatic hot club/manouche/swing bands, the Man Overboard Quintet are also one of the more original in their choice of material. Sure it's from the GASbook but you won't find the Broadway A listers here - Porter, Kern, Berlin, Gershwin, Rodgers - instead you have some of the second line such as Harry M. Woods (What a Little Moonlight Can Do); Donaldson/Kahn (I Wonder Where My Baby is Tonight); Frank Loesser (I Wish That I Were Twins) to mention but some. Then we have ragtime (New Orleans Wiggle); Duke's Jubilee Stomp. Moving on, Horace Silver's Sister Sadie shows up and is most welcome.
MOQ score inasmuch as they retain clarinet and violin up front at the expense of a surplus of rhythm guitars which makes for a lighter swing. Another plus point are the vocals by Louisa Jones. Quite a unique sound, imagine if Billie Holiday had been a Frenchwoman singing in English - captivating!
Guitarist Fagan is French and he arrived in London via Sunderland - hang on a minute, I reviewed this back in February!
Not quite sure why it's turned up again - ah yes, I remember the promo copy didn't have any notes or artwork. Well this is the McCoy and it sounds even better hearing it again.
Lance.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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